Oct 17, 2016
Daniela is a young Austrian photographer who portrays introspective and personal moments in her work. Cold winter scenes dominate “Between Friday and Sunday”, a meditative series taken on Saturdays during a period of almost a year and which invites us to reflect about our lives, our paths and our relationship with the others.
Following we present a short interview that we had with Daniela:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
DG - I was born in 1985 in the northern Part of Austria, called Upper Austria. For the last ten years I’ve lived surrounded by mountains in the Austrian Alps. I worked there as a social worker in the main city, Innsbruck. Currently I’m taking one year off to focus more on photography. I just moved to Vienna to study photography there.
am - How did you start in photography?
DG - I love taking pictures since I was a kid, but somehow life always got in the way. During a trip to Morocco, about three years ago, a guy I used to like taught me how to use a camera properly for the first time and it really got me then. Since that time photography became essential for me. I think he doesn’t even know his part in it. I should thank him one day.
am - What inspires your work?
DG - Friedl Kubelka an Austrian Artist says: “you have to have unlimited interest for the things you are working on”. My work is very personal and intuitive. It gives intimate insights to my life. So what inspires me is my living environment, the people and nature around me, places I live in or places I’ve visited, my emotions and thoughts.
am - What is “between Friday and Sunday” about?
DG - It’s like a photographic diary about one specific weekday, always the same day for almost a year. What appears when you look closely is a subtle and personal view at a tiny part of life that shows itself only between the pictures but not in a direct way. It is about the fragile intimacy between two people that arises slowly over time.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
DG - There are many! I really like the work from Ren Hang, for example. Also Elfie Semotan or Martin Parr.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
DG - Intuitive, pure, sensitive. It’s all about the feeling.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
DG - I drink too much coffee! Besides that I try to enjoy the people in my life as much as possible.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
DG - That’s a difficult question, ‘cause I love to travel. I would be very interested in experiencing how daily life is like in Iran, but I would probably choose Romania, where my grandma is from. I would love to stay there for a while. So far I’ve only been there once.
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
DG - I could listen to The National or Rodriguez forever. My friends hate me for that. My favourite band at the moment is definitely “lilla”, a great upcoming Austrian band.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
DG - I can’t think of one in particular, although I love watching movies in all these small cozy art-house cinemas. Especially in winter.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
DG - Sorry, not a reading person. Unfortunately.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.